I have been lurking on this forum for a long time, but thought I would create an account and pose a question for you. For the last couple years I have been commuting to work on my FS Specialized mountain bike (20 miles each way). It does not have lock-outs, so I have been wasting energy on a squishy suspension. Great for a workout, but cuts down on my speed getting up hills.
Anyway, I have been test riding some bikes, and would like some opinions from you guys.
Specialized Awol - Steel Touring bike with drops
Specialized Sirrus Elite - Aluminum Hybrid
Novara Buzz - Steel Hybrid
Jamis Coda Sport - Steel with Steel Fork
Jamis Coda Elite - Steel with Carbon Fork
I was also looking at the Marin Muirwoods 29er, but have not had a chance to test ride one yet.
Out of all of these, I found the Jamis Coda Sport to be the one that got the biggest grin on my face, and its one of the cheapest ones in the list thus far too! I like Steel, tends to be less harsh on the road, and I like and need something rather robust to commute with. I have disc brakes now and love them, but wondering if going back to v-brakes would be ok. I do notice a bit more maintenance with disc.
Anyways, done rambling, any thoughts would be appreciated! Looking to buy in the next few weeks.